New Transit Career Ladders Initiative
Over the next 30 years, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) will be adding over 40 miles of new passenger rail to its existing 104-mile system to support 1,000 new rail cars arriving in 2017. In addition, BART will be instituting new control center modernization to support the new rail cars, improve efficiencies to accommodate increased ridership, and for station expansion. As a result, the organization will need a talent pipeline of workers to fill vacancies and address gaps in workforce knowledge and skill-sets. In response, BART was recently awarded a federal grant to launch the Transit Career Ladders Training Program. In order to meet the growing needs of the transit workforce, the program will streamline career pathways for incumbent workers and for disadvantaged individuals in the community by providing access to transit-specific training and career readiness workshops for employment opportunities in the transportation industry. This program is a collaborative with several community colleges in the Bay Area and three workforce boards, specifically, NOVA, San Francisco and Oakland. The community colleges will provide the academic and technical training as defined by the industry and the workforce boards will refer unemployed workers interested in transit careers to the community colleges for training. The workforce boards will also be providing job search assistance. NOVA is very excited about this new regional opportunity.